### References & Citations

# High Energy Physics - Theory

# Title: Phase Space on a Surface with Boundary via Symplectic Reduction

(Submitted on 24 Mar 2021)

Abstract: We describe the symplectic reduction construction for the physical phase space in gauge theory and apply it for the BF theory. Symplectic reduction theorem allows us to rewrite the same phase space as a quotient by the gauge group action, what matches with the covariant phase space formalism. We extend the symplectic reduction method to describe the phase space of the initial data on a slice with boundary. We show that the invariant phase space has description in terms of generalized de Rham cohomology, what makes the topological properties of BF theory manifest. The symplectic reduction can be done in multiple steps using different decompositions of the gauge group with interesting finite-dimensional intermediate symplectic spaces.

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